School Health Service
At the national level, the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion champions the following health promotion strategies for school-age children:
More than 90 percent of Colorado school districts participate in the School Health Services Program, which began in 1997 (also known as the School Medicaid Reimbursement Program). Any public school district or Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) can participate, once they have conducted a health needs assessment; sought and received community input; submitted and received approval for a Local Services Plan from the Colorado departments of Education and Health Care Policy and Financing; and received a contract to claim funds. School districts may receive the federal government's match (50 percent) of the cost to the district of health services provided to Medicaid-enrolled children. The state passes the funds to the contracting school district, which then can use the funds for new or expanded health services for any student or group of students.
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